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The Founding Fathers

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James Madison

  • Young--36 years old
  • Physically unimpressive
  • Brilliant, also well-prepared and tenacious
  • Political history--elected to Virginia Legislature and then defeated. Appointed to Constitutional Convention
  • Contributions
    • Virginia Plan--blueprint for the Constitution
    • Minutes of the Convention
    • Father of Constitution
    • Author of Federalist Papers
    • 4th President


  • Washington--made the gathering credible; not a very active participant
  • Franklin--old and feeble. Acted "behind the scenes"
  • William Patterson--author of New Jersey Play to revise Articles of Confederation
  • Governeur Morris--drafted the Constitution
  • Hamilton--only there part time
  • Jefferson and Adams--in Europe at the time
Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . factpetersen. (2007, October 15). The Founding Fathers. Retrieved January 08, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License